On November 3, 2021, Regulation (EU) 2021/1902 was published in the Official Gazette. The Regulation amends Annexes II, III and V of the Regulation (EC) 1223/2009, related to cosmetic products.
The most important amendment concerns the addition in Annex II, concerning substances prohibited in cosmetic products, of the following substance: 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde, also known as Lilial (CAS: 80-54-6; EC: 201-289-8), classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. Therefore, as of 1st March 2022, the date from which the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2021/1902 applies, the use of this substance in cosmetics is prohibited.
Lilial is a molecule widely used in the cosmetics industry as a fragrance or scenting agent, and we therefore urge you to check that this substance is not included in your supplier’s preparations.
Products that do not comply with the new provisions will not be allowed to be placed on the market and those already on the market will have to be withdrawn. In this case, the cosmetic products must be packaged and labelled “Not for sale or transfer”. Then, the products must be stored or returned to the supplier in the appropriate manner and the process must be traced with the appropriate documentation that must be kept and shown in case of controls by the health authorities.
You can consult the Regulation containing the new provisions at the following link.
For more information and support, please contact TEAM Mastery, in particular the Cosmetics Mastery division.